Parliamentary Question: Presidency: judicial commission of inquiry

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The Leader of the Opposition (DA) to ask the President of the Republic:
 

Whether he intends to appoint a judicial commission of inquiry into the state agencies’ alleged illegal interception of communications (details furnished); if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?                           

REPLY:
 

Honourable Members, I do not at present intend to appoint a judicial commission of inquiry into alleged illegal interception of communications by State agencies. 
 

Our current legislation, in particular, the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-related Information Act and the Intelligence Services Oversight Act provide adequate safeguards regarding any alleged illegal interception of communications. 
 

The laws provide adequately for effectively dealing with complaints of abuse of power regarding illegal interception of communications. 
 

In addition, any person who is aggrieved by the decision of the designated judge to issue a direction may approach the courts for an appropriate remedy. 
 

As such, any individual alleging any illegal activities must exhaust the remedies provided for in our legislation.
 



I thank you.